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The Private Eyes (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Mystery | 17 April 1980 (USA)
This spoof of the Sherlock Holmes stories finds Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart investigating a strange death in a possibly haunted mansion, while dealing with the beautiful heiress and the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
... Dr. Tart
... Inspector Winship
Trisha Noble ... Mistress Phyllis Morley
... Justin
... Nanny
... Mr. Uwatsum
Stan Ross ... Tibet
... Jock
Suzy Mandel ... Hilda
... Lord Morley
Mary Nell Santacroce ... Lady Morley
... Gas Station Attendant
... Roy
... Doll Voice (voice)
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This spoof of the Sherlock Holmes stories finds Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart investigating a strange death in a possibly haunted mansion, while dealing with the beautiful heiress and the crazed staff which live therein. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Who better to solve England's most puzzling mystery than these two international crime busters? See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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17 April 1980 (USA)  »

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Detectives casi privados  »

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$18,014,000
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Shot in 30 days with a budget of $2.3 million. See more »

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When Winship and Tart pull up to the gas station they notice how expensive gas is - "10 cents a gallon" - but they are in England where they don't use dollars, or cents. See more »

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Dr. Tart: You want another glass of pus?
Inspector Winship: No I don't want another glass of pus!
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In the opening animated credits, as Dr. Tart walks by he changes the Director's name painted on the fence from "Long Elliott" to "Lang Elliott" See more »

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References The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) See more »

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Classic Comedy from two old pros
7 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

From all the Don Knotts and Tim Conway films I've seen, this is by far my favorite. The brilliant chemistry between the actors is enough to keep the movie going, but it doesn't stop there. The plot itself, while admittedly spoofed, is intriguing, and I didn't expect the ending at all the first time I saw it. The fouled-up poems are always good for a laugh, not to mention the exceptionally well played "stoff," (not staff). The time-gun gag is priceless, and was undoubtedly an idea of Conway himself. From what I recall from an interview I saw with Don Knotts, he said this, and all others with Conway are personal favorites, because they were so "hard to produce." As he put it, it took probably three or four times as long to film as it should have because he and Conway couldn't stop improvising the script, and laughing, and so on. This is one film that I would love to see outtakes from. In all, a very good film with loads of laughs...some subtle, some in your face, but all-around a really good film.


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